Republic of Chuvashia

The Republic of Chuvashia is the homeland of the Chuvash people who are the predominant ethnic group in the republic and the Chuvash language shares official status with Russian.  It has borders with the Republics of Mari El, Tatarstan and Moldova and the Nizhny Novgorod and Ulyanovsk Regions.  The capital of the republic is the city of Cheboksary.

Chuvashia has a rich history.  In the 13th century it became a vassal of the Golden Horde and then part of the Kazan Khanate in the 15th century.  The Chuvash princes though swore loyalty to Ivan the Terrible in 1552 and supported him in his campaign against the khanate.  In later centuries the Chuvash supported the rebellions of Stenka Razin and Yemelian Pugachev.  

A third of the territory of Chuvashia is covered by forest which is the major resource of the republic and is why eco-tourism and health tourism are being developed here.  No visit to Chuvashia would be complete without tasting Chuvash cuisine and Chuvash beer.

 

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